Articles from the web...
So... Here is what I've found interesting this month.
Big Volunteer Campaign
- The Big Lottery fund are having a campaign about getting people involved in volunteering this year. This article from the NCVO covers not only the idea behind the campaign but also some useful links on volunteering - recruiting, retaining volunteers etc
Cost, Value & Austerity
- I think I link to Rob Jackson every month - well... he does call his blog the Voice of Volunteering. This is an interesting one however with a link
to a study that shows that organisations who cut funding to their volunteer program performed less well on other measures than those that didn't.
Doctors to prescribe volunteering?
It's well known that volunteering can have a positive effect not only on your mental and physical health. Many studies have show this over the years. I have to say that more recently at my drop in's I've had people say that their doctor has suggested they volunteer. What do you think? Is this a positive thing for the sector?
Something I always say to potential volunteers when they are concerned about criminal records is that it shouldn't stop them from volunteering - of course I cannot provide any firm advice on the subject, I can tell them if a DBS check will be applicable but generally encourage them to be honest and open about any offender history. Our lovely counterparts in Leeds have come up with this toolkit for VIO's to help with concerns around DBS, safeguarding, risk assessments etc.